Robert Klonoff

Dean of Lewis and Clark Law School

About Robert Klonoff

Having spent nearly 35 years in the legal profession, Robert Klonoff currently serves as dean and Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School. Born in Portland, Oregon, Klonoff accepted his roles at his hometown's law school in 2007. Prior to entering the law field, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. Subsequently, Robert Klonoff earned his juris doctor from Yale University.

While earning his law degree, Klonoff served as a summer associate with major law firms in Washington, DC, and Houston, Texas. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable John R. Brown, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After serving as an associate with Arnold & Porter, he entered public service as assistant United States attorney with the criminal division in Washington, DC, and as assistant to the solicitor general of the United States.

Following this period, Robert Klonoff returned to private practice with Jones Day in Washington, DC. During his 16 years with the firm, he commenced his career in legal education. Initially a visiting professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, he spent several years as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and led classes in class-action lawsuits. Immediately before accepting his position with Lewis and Clark Law School, Klonoff served as the Douglas Stripp/Missouri endowed professor of law at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law while remaining of counsel with Jones Day.

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